Laetitia Olivier-Gargano explores the flicker between feelings of wonder and repulsion, often focusing on the connections between the human body and fungi, plants and animals. Through a strong interest in the aesthetics of the human body, her work regularly employs flesh-like forms and detailed textures that engender bodily responses from viewers due to their intense familiarity, yet complete absurdity. Our stomach turns, and we want to look away, but curiosity stops us. It is this uncanny sensation and the universality of it that her works make us aware of.

More recently Laetitia’s practice has been driven by a close survey of food and everyday objects, through surreal sculptural reimagining. By blurring the boundaries of complex yet recognisable forms her work playfully incites both a sense of wonder and unease. These edible and domestic items speak to deeply personal emotions, memories and associations.  She’s interested in exploring mixed cultures and identities as well as sharing the wonderful, the awful and the often hilarious combinations that can arise when we play with our food.

Laetitia is an emerging artist, currently based in Melbourne.  She graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) from Monash University. Her work has been exhibited nationally at institutions such as Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Cement Fondu and UNSW galleries. Laetitia’s recent work consists of sculpture and stop motion animation, as well as works on paper.

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2016 Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), Monash University
2015 Bachelor of Fine Art, Monash University

Selected Exhibitions:
Solo Exhibitions
2018 Project Space (Warm Bodies), curated by Megan Monte and Josephine Skinner, Cement Fondu, Sydney
2015 Fleshrooms Link Wall Art space, Monash University Caulfield, Melbourne
2014 Flesh Runt Gallery, Monash University Caulfield, Melbourne

Group Exhibitions
2019 Knox Immerse, curated by Jodi Newcombe, Mountain High Shopping Centre, Bayswater
2019 The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists, curated by Bella Cornell, UNSW Galleries, Sydney
2017 Notfair 2017, curated by Sam Leach, Ashley Crawford and Tony Lloyd, Windsor, Melbourne
2016 MADA Now, Monash University Caulfield, Melbourne
2016 Windows XII The Dirty Dozen, Campbell Street Arcade, Melbourne
2016 Hatched: National Graduate Show 2016, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth
2015 MADA Now, Monash University Caulfield, Melbourne
2015 Small Works Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

2020 Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative, Creative Victoria
2019 The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists
2019 Short-listed for Maddocks Art Prize
2017 Special commendation for work in Notfair 2017, by judges Gareth Sansom, Anne Runhardt and Ashley Crawford
2015 Edith Rose Memorial Prize
2013 Monash University Fine Art Scholarship

2019 Isla Sutherland, Knox Immerse Arts Festival, Broadsheet, 1st September 2019
2019 Erin McFadyen, Discovery - Laetitia Olivier-Gargano, Artist Profile, Issue #47 2019
2018 Emma-Kate Wilson, Warm Bodies curated by Megan Monte and Josephine Skinner, Art + Australia, 6th October 2018
2016 Anna Dunnill, Hatched: National Graduate Show 2016, Art Guide, 9th June 2016